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Divers Complete A Photographic & 3D Photogrammetry Survey of HMS Hampshire

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A specialist diving team from the UK and Finland has completed a detailed photographic and 3D imaging survey of the shipwreck HMS Hampshire.

The 10,850-ton armoured cruiser HMS Hampshire departed Scapa Flow in Orkney on 5 June 1916 on a voyage around the north cape of Norway to the port of Archangel in northern Russia. She was carrying Lord Kitchener and his staff to Russia to discuss mutual war aims and strategy. As she struggled up the west coast of Orkney in a severe gale, approximately one and a half miles off Marwick Head she struck a mine laid by the German Submarine U-75 a week before on 29 May and quickly sank. Of the 749 people aboard, only 12 managed to reach the shore alive; Lord Kitchener and his staff were lost.

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Today HMS Hampshire lies at a depth of approximately 70m (230ft) near the North West tip of Orkney in an exposed area open to North Atlantic storms and strong tidal flows.  Despite the challenges, over a two-week period that poignantly covered the 100th anniversary commemorations of her sinking, the team undertook over 200 hours of diving.

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Expedition Leader Rod Macdonald, an internationally renowned diving author and Director of Wreck-X (Shipwreck Explorers) explains:

The story of HMS Hampshire is of historical importance and her loss forms an important element of the WWI naval story. In recognition of this, the prestigious Explorers Club awarded the expedition Explorers Club flag No 192. All major explorations since early 1900’s have carried with them an Explorers Club flag, including expeditions to the Poles, Everest and the Moon. Flag No 192 was carried on 22 previous expeditions to Polar Regions, the Himalayas and has crossed the Atlantic twice by hot air balloon.

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HMS Hampshire is a controlled wreck under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 and no diving is permitted. To enable the survey to be undertaken, the UK Ministry of Defence granted the expedition a special licence. Diving was conducted from the new purpose built dive vessel MV Huskyan, based in Stromness, Orkney. For the first time a 3D photogrammetry survey of a shipwreck of this size has been attempted and the preliminary results are impressive with new information coming to light on her sinking and subsequent decay. This information will now be used to compile a detailed written and visual survey report, which will be made available to the UK Ministry of Defence, local Orkney museums and Historic Scotland.

As we commemorate WWI and in particular the 100 year anniversary of her sinking, we hope that this survey data will add to our knowledge of this historic warship and help maintain the memory of HMS Hampshire and the sacrifice made by her crew.”

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Photos: Marjo Tynkkynen

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WIN a Bigblue Expandable Tray!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue Expandable Tray as a prize!!!

The Bigblue expandable tray (176mm-287mm) has fittings and screws to attach action and compact cameras. The base and handles are made from high grade aluminium with the handles having a neoprene grip. The package also includes clamps and adaptors for 1” ball and YS light fittings.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that the Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa has announced plans to host their 6th Annual fundraising event “HSASA 50hr Dive–A-Thon 2021” this year. But on what dates will the event take place?

Is it:

  • A) 15th – 17th October
  • B) 22nd – 24th October
  • C) 29th – 31st October

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue Extendable Tray March 2021

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Jeff chats to… Jim Elliott and Tinamarie Hernandez of Diveheart (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart, and Tinamarie Hernandez who is the organization’s Executive Director.

Diveheart is a US-based, nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization which aims to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.

In their own words:

We’ve discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land. Underwater, we’re all equal.

Diveheart works with individuals who have a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. Diveheart seeks to help its participants “Imagine the Possibilities” in their lives.

 

Find out more about Diveheart and their valuable work at www.diveheart.org.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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